Re: [unrev-II] Moving beyond the web...

From: Jon Winters (
Date: Wed May 03 2000 - 20:22:08 PDT

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    Jack Park wrote:

    > > > <snip>
    > The thesis behind your statements is certainly valid. Indeed, our brains are
    > highly distributed as Gnutella would be. But, our brains depend on constant
    > connectivity, and your home computer and mine are not necessarily on-line
    > 24x7 as I presume the individual "nodes" in my brain to be (after a fashion,
    > of course).

    Actually all of my computers at home are connected 24x7, they have been
    for years. (but I live in a geek compound and I run a web hosting
    business in my spare time :-)

    I also try to disconnect my brain every night when I sleep. ;-)
    > So, to take a file-shuffling approach seriously (and I think we should look
    > at it seriously), we ought to take a bigger picture view. Here's mine.
    > I see this functionally like a neural net. I see a gui in which one
    > examines some kind of log of actions related to selected "threads of
    > thought". I see one responding to those actions, not unlike an email
    > thread, but perhaps cleaner. Here's why. In the background, there is much
    > processing going on (at each node), making sense of the actions. When that
    > sense is made, it is rendered presentable. That way, we don't deal with all
    > the verbage present in emails, but rather, get presentations (views
    > constructed according to view preferences), and we react accordingly.
    > Periodically, each node makes contact with other nodes -- perhaps those for
    > which there is a thread subscription (wiring, in the neurophysiological
    > sense), and the nodes synch up (an action). Also periodically, each node
    > gets synched with the big bertha node "out there" that keeps all threads
    > (where you go to subscribe to a thread).

    Good points. I was thinking about it on my drive home. This is what
    went thru my mind...

    Each node is kinda like a book and Gnutalla is a library. When you go
    to the library you don't have the ability to do a full text search of
    every book in the library. You search by title, author or topic.
    Searching on Gnutella is much the same.

    But then I wondered.... Hmmm... when you search the web you do have full
    text search a lot of the time. Would moving to a Gnutella based system
    be a step backwards? There are those who would not want to give up full
    text searching.

    Then I had an idea. What if we coded a Gnutella client that could then
    search the contents of your local dataset? Folks using our client could
    do full text searches Gnutella style. (I only skimmed over the
    protocol.. don't know if this is possible)

    The other alternative would be to retrieve the information and then
    conduct your full text search on your machine.
    > Bertha performs analogical discovery by crosslinking threads. Interestingly
    > enough, some of this may be done out in local nodes when one is subscribed
    > to more than one thread, or when one downloads a new thread for study. In
    > the long run, all of this finds its way back to big Bertha.
    > What fun. Not sure it's even close to what Doug has in mind, however.

    Doug, you'll chime in and correct us if we stray too far won't you?

    Jon Winters

    "Everybody Loves The GIMP!"

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